Myanmar has exported over 700,000 tons of various kinds of beans and pulses as of April 2018 to date. At present, India has bought Myanmar’s beans and pulses with special license but it is quite difficult to anticipate whether India will buy beans and pulses in the future or not, according to Min Ko Oo, secretary of Myanmar Pulses, Beans & Sesame Seeds Merchants Association.
“It is difficult to estimate. India government controls according to their desire and it affects Myanmar's export of beans and pulses. From April 2018 to date, we’ve exported over 700,000 tons of various kinds of beans and pulses. We usually export between 12 to 15 tons of various kinds of beans and pulses annually. It is expected that we can export 12 tons this year,” said Min Ko Oo, secretary of Myanmar Pulses, Beans & Sesame Seeds Merchants Association.
Myanmar is a leading country among ASEAN countries in growing various kinds of beans and pulses. In 2017-18 rainy season, there were 3.89 acres of plantation acres and in cold season, there were 7.07 acres of plantation acres totaling 10.96 acres were grown according to Minister for agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock breeding Dr. Aung Thu on August 18.
Mung bean plantation season in the middle of Myanmar is from May to June and October to November, and November to December. Pigeon peas plantation season is from mid May to August and harvesting time is January to March. Green gram plantation season is from February to March in hot season and May to August in rainy season and September to October in cold season according to Ministry of Commerce.
For this year, India has said that buying of beans and pulses from Myanmar are till August. Therefore, merchants, in a rush, sold their beans and pulses. This led to decline of beans and pulses in local market in August.
Besides India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Nepal buy beans and pulses from Myanmar. According to Myanmar Pulses, Beans & Sesame Seeds Merchants Association, there is an increase of prices in Mung beans. It is more than Ks.50000 than the normal amount of August’s Mung beans prices.